Husain Sumra

Husain is a former Contributing Editor at MacRumors. When not covering Apple he's writing about movies, watching movies, planning Disneyland trips and dreaming of Back to the Future hover boards for all.

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Google Drive Update Makes It Easier to Transfer iPhone Content to Android

Tuesday December 13, 2016 4:43 pm PST by
Google Drive was updated today to make it easier for users to transfer their content from iOS devices to Android devices, Google announced. The company also published a new web page on the Android website detailing how it works. Once a user downloads Google Drive from the App Store, they can navigate toward the backup wizard by going to Menu > Settings > Backup in the app. From there, users...

Pandora Previews Apple Music and Spotify Competitor 'Premium'

Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:05 pm PST by
Pandora previewed its long-awaited Apple Music and Spotify competitor today at a special event with select publications. The new service is called Pandora Premium, and will launch in early 2017 with a likely price of $9.99 per month, reports Engadget. The new app offers on-demand access to a large music library and looks a lot like Rdio. In November, Pandora announced that it had acquired...
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Square's 'Cash Virtual Card' Now Works With Apple Pay

Tuesday December 6, 2016 7:47 pm PST by
In September Square introduced the "Cash Virtual Card," letting users of the Square Cash app create a virtual Visa debit card that allows them spend their Square Cash anywhere Visa is accepted online. Today at the Code Conference in San Francisco, CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the Virtual Card now works with Apple Pay, reports Recode. Image via Recode The move gives the Cash Virtual Card a...

Apple Says 35% of U.S. Merchants Accept Apple Pay

Tuesday December 6, 2016 7:33 pm PST by
While speaking at the Code Conference today in San Francisco, Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey announced that 35% of U.S. merchants now accept Apple Pay, reports The Verge. She said that only 4% of merchants accepted the payment option two years ago when it debuted. Bailey says the new EMV chip cards are annoying customers and have helped drive adoption. "Once you figure out you...

Apple Music Tops 20 Million Subscribers, Eddy Cue Says Exclusives Will Continue

Tuesday December 6, 2016 6:17 pm PST by
Apple today announced that Apple Music has surpassed 20 million subscribers, reports Billboard. The service crosses the mark as it turns a year and a half old. Apple Music had 15 million subscribers on its one-year anniversary in June and notched 17 million subscribers a couple months later in September. Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, tells Billboard that 60% of...
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Mophie Launches Juice Pack Air Battery Case With Wireless Charging for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:00 am PST by
Mophie today debuted the Juice Pack Air battery cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, bringing the company's signature battery case line to Apple's latest smartphones. In addition to featuring extended battery life in a slim design, the new cases also take advantage of Mophie's Charge Force wireless charging technology. The case magnetically aligns with all other Mophie Charge Force...
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Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Set New Sales Record in First Holiday Shopping Week

Monday December 5, 2016 8:55 pm PST by
Earlier today data from market research firm IDC said that Apple Watch's share of the wearables market fell to 5% as fitness trackers "reigned supreme." In an email responding to a Reuters inquiry about the report, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch's sell-through rate hit a new high recently. "Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our...
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Apple Confirms Interest in Autonomous Cars in Letter to Federal Regulators

Friday December 2, 2016 8:28 pm PST by
Last week, Apple wrote a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration telling it that "new entrants" to the auto industry should get the same rights as the established companies in the industry, reports VentureBeat. In the letter, Apple admits to its interest in "machine learning and automation" as it pertains to transportation.Apple uses machine learning to make its products ...
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Apple Looking to Set Up Distribution Center in India to Streamline Logistics

Thursday December 1, 2016 8:02 pm PST by
Apple is set to create a new distribution center in India to consolidate its logistics and supply chain in the country, according to The Economic Times. The center will be its first in India. Currently, Apple products are brought to India via several different cities: Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chandigarh. Each city has a different value-added tax (VAT) rate, which...
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Fitbit Reportedly Close to Acquiring Pebble

Wednesday November 30, 2016 7:21 pm PST by
Fitbit is closing in on a deal to acquire smart watchmaker Pebble, according to a new report from The Information. While there's no number on the price, The Information says the deal is for a "small amount." The deal will see the Pebble brand slowly phased out, with its products shut down over time. Fitbit will largely be acquiring Pebble's assets, which include intellectual property and...

Yahoo Answers Comes to iOS With New App

Tuesday November 29, 2016 6:42 pm PST by
Yahoo recently debuted Yahoo Answers Now, a native app version of its popular Q&A site. The app has secretly been in the App Store for months under a different name, according to TechCrunch. The app allows Yahoo Answers users to post and answer questions on the go. They'll also be able to more easily craft rich media responses to questions and get matched up with questions they might be...

Panic Discontinuing 'Status Board' Data Visualization App

Monday November 28, 2016 8:25 pm PST by
Panic, the famed developer behind apps like Coda and Transit, today announced that it is discontinuing its Status Board app for iPad. The app was released in early 2013 and was intended to help people easily view a variety of relevant data in a beautiful interface. The developer says that sales weren't enough to sustain further development, outlining three reasons for low sales. While Panic...

Apple Teases One-Day Black Friday Shopping Event

Monday November 21, 2016 8:41 pm PST by
Apple tonight updated its website with a brand new page teasing a one-day Black Friday shopping event. Apple didn't offer Black Friday deals last year, opting to allow third-party retailers like Best Buy and Target to offer deals instead. Friday can't come soon enough. Our one-day shopping event will be here before you know it. Come back this Friday to check off everyone on your list.Last...

Drake Gets Distracted While Singing Taylor Swift in New Apple Music Ad

Sunday November 20, 2016 5:59 pm PST by
Apple tonight has posted a new Apple Music ad that continues its "distractingly good" campaign. The ad stars Drake, an artist who has developed a good relationship with Apple and its music service. In the ad, Drake is working out with a friend and listening to music. When his friend leaves, he decides to use Apple Music's curated "Pop Workout" playlist to play Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."...

Apple's OLED Suppliers Won't Be Able to Meet Demand for 2017 iPhone

Wednesday November 16, 2016 7:40 pm PST by
Apple's four main OLED suppliers won't be able to meet the production capacity necessary to match demand for the 2017 iPhone, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Supply constraints are expected to last until 2018. OLED screens are more difficult to produce in mass quantities than LCD screens, which means Apple is "at the mercy" of suppliers who are willing to produce them in the...
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Mac Automation Product Manager Sal Soghoian Leaves Apple After Position Eliminated

Wednesday November 16, 2016 6:43 pm PST by
Apple has eliminated the Product Manager of Automated Technologies role, ending Sal Soghoian's employment with the company. Soghoian revealed the news at the MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, according to Mac Observer. He also posted about the news on his website, which is dedicated to the user automation community. Q. I hear you no longer work for Apple; is that true? A. Correct. I joined...
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Apple Researching How iPhones Can Monitor Parkinson's Patients in Real Time

Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:50 pm PST by
Apple is researching whether iPhone and Apple Watch can be used to "passively monitor data" from patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease, according to Fast Company. Those with Parkinson's often see their doctors every six months, leaving wide gaps between visits where symptoms could improve or worsen, putting some on the wrong dose of medication. Stephen Friend, the Sage Bionetworks...

Touch Bar MacBook Pro Orders Begin Shipping to Customers

Saturday November 12, 2016 8:35 am PST by
After entering the "Preparing for Shipment" stage on Thursday, the first wave of MacBook Pros with Touch Bars have begun shipping to customers for delivery next week. While Apple is quoting Wednesday, November 16 as the estimated delivery date, UPS is telling some customers that they can expect their new MacBooks on Monday, November 14. When the Touch Bar MacBook Pros became available for...

Apple Begins Shipping LG UltraFine 4K Displays

Friday November 11, 2016 6:15 pm PST by
A day after the first 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bars began preparing for shipment to customers, Apple and LG's UltraFine 4K Display has begun shipping. Shipments are expected to arrive next week, with one MacRumors forum member noting November 15 as their delivery date. The 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K Display went up for pre-order at the same time as the new MacBook Pro with Touch...

Target Black Friday Deals Include iPad Pro, Apple TV and Beats

Wednesday November 9, 2016 5:08 pm PST by
Target has posted its Black Friday ad for 2016, listing several deals on Apple products. The promotions include 25% off all Apple TV models, $150 off the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and $180 off the Beats Solo2 Wireless. The retailer is offering discounts and promotions in two waves: there's an Early Access period that begins today and runs until November 24 both in-store and online. Then, on...